An adjustment with respect to transfer pricing has to be confined to transactions with Associated Enterprises and cannot be made with respect to transactions with unrelated third parties (Dec 21, 2015)
The assessee entered into international transactions with its Associated Enterprises (AE), as well as transactions with independent parties. The TPO proposed an addition on account of enhancement of profit margin on all transactions of the assessee. The ITAT allowed the assessee’s appeal, holding that only the transactions entered into with AE are subject to transfer pricing adjustment. On Revenue’s appeal to High Court, held, dismissing the appeal:
In terms of Chapter X of the Act, re-determination of the consideration is to be done only with regard to income arising from International Transactions on determination of ALP. The adjustment which is mandated is only in respect of International Transaction and not transactions entered into by assessee with independent unrelated third parties. This is particularly so as there is no issue of avoidance of tax requiring adjustment in the valuation in respect of transactions entered into with independent third parties. The adjustment as proposed by the Revenue if allowed would result in increasing the profit in respect of transactions entered into with non-AE. This adjustment is beyond the scope and ambit of Chapter X of the Act.